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Mass Pain Initiative

Our Mission

The Massachusetts Pain Initiative (MassPI) is a statewide, independent non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to alleviating needless suffering from persistent and acute pain and to improving the quality of life for all people affected by pain.

Who are we?

MassPI members include healthcare professionals from many disciplines and non-clinician community members who are interested in effective pain management.

Welcome to Massachusetts Pain Initiative

MassPI accomplishes its work through three volunteer councils, the Education Council, Policy Council, and Communications Council. In addition, Membership and volunteering within MassPI is handled by the Steering Council.

MassPI is able to…

  1. Conduct education programs about pain management for health care professionals

  2. Raise community awareness about pain

  3. Work with others to assure laws and regulations support effective pain management

  4. Identify resources for pain management

MassPI is unable to

Advise, treat or provide care for individuals with pain

Pain Management Pocket Tools

The MassPI Professional Education Council, along with other national experts, have created the Pain Management Pocket Tool. View/download pdf here. To order one copy without charge, contact To obtain multiple additional quantities, download a Pocket Tool order form.

We gratefully acknowledge the Master of Science in Pain Research, Education and Policy Program at Tufts University, School of Medicine, Boston, MA for funding the printing of the Pocket Tool.


The following are PDFs that you may download and print:

The MassPI Brochure

MGH Pain Relief Connection
(Archived Collection)

HHS Pain Mgmt. Best Practices Report May 2019

Pain Management Book Reviews

MassPI Testimony to US Senate HELP Committee on Pain Management TEXT or VIDEO (video includes Senators’ Q&A)


MassPI holds one general meeting annually in the Fall.


Volunteer Opportunities

MassPI is seeking volunteers interested in improving the quality of life for those affected by pain.


Info for Professionals

Learn about Mass PI resources for professionals.


Info for Persons with Pain

MassPI offers Fact Sheets to assist persons with pain.


Info for Family Members

MassPI offers Fact Sheets for family members of persons with pain.


How to Support Mass PI

Volunteer, donate, help find funding opportunities.



MassPI's 2010 Chronic Pain Survey found that chronic pain is a problem for one in four Massachusetts adults.



MassPI welcomes your participation in our councils. To request more information or to volunteer, please click here. Read more...

Bill of Rights

The Pain Care Bill of Rights was developed by the American Pain Foundation and widely published by other organizations.


Legal Disclaimer

The information on this website is provided to help patients and caretakers find answers and support.



Fill out a Mass Pain Initiative Membership Application.

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Stay Connected with MassPI

Mass Pain Initiative News & Events
MassPI advocates for legislation to remove non-opioid barriers to pain management.
New scientific information is providing insights into the causes of chronic pain and giving hope for future new treatments.
Governor Charlie Baker recognizes pain as a major public health problem and declares September Pain Awareness Month.